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The Silver Sun Foundation is a family philanthropy dedicated to providing support for professional creative artists, cultural organizations, educators and social change makers.

August 2019 ~ Filmmakers-in-Residence Showcase with Leah Galant & Maya Cueva

On August 10th we were delighted to present our second Community Reception featuring a screening of award-winning short films and a work-in-progress presentation by our resident artist filmmakers at the Silver Sun Residence. Both Leah and Maya have been Sundance Ignite Fellows at the Sundance Film Institute and Creative Culture Fellows at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and their work has been shown at numerous international film festivals. Our Woodstock community joined a group of current Creative Culture Fellows to mingle and meet the artists and learn more about their films.

July 2019 ~ Silver Sun Residency
Works in Progress Gathering

Laural Meade and Leah Coloff share work they’ve been developing at the Silver Sun Foundation this month. Laural Meade is an award winning Los Angeles playwright whose work has won The LA Drama Critics Circle Award and more. For her residency. Laural has been working on a new play with music about the Vaudeville legend, Sophie Tucker. Musical performance featuring Marta Waterman on piano. Leah Coloff is a cellist, singer/songwriter whose recent show, This Tree, was developed and presented at HERE Arts in SoHo. She’s performed her dynamic cello rock songs all over the world and appeared at Carnegie Hall, Galapagos, and currently can be seen onstage in the band of Oklahoma on Broadway. For her residency, she’s been developing a new song cycle. Artist Bobby Lucy discusses his latest landscape.

Secret City at Silver Sun Residence ~ July 2019

The grand finale of this year's Secret City Summer Arts Revival weekend was a smash. Hundreds of local and Hudson Valley friends of Secret City gathered under the big top tent at Andy Lee field for the signature art celebration. This artistic tent revival included The Secret City live band, The Secret City Singers, dancing, guest artists, storytelling, contemplation, revelry and more. It was a high-octane, roof raising, ecstatic art experience.

Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Benefit

This year, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley reached the milestone of providing care in our community for 85 years. Come celebrate this momentous occasion with us and help ensure another 85 years of reproductive healthcare. Please join us on June 30th for wine and hors d'oeuvres at the Silver Sun Residence in Woodstock .... with performances by Amanda Palmer, The Shovel Ready String Band plus dancing to Freek's Garage

Close-Up Gathering

CLOSE-UP encourages and supports documentary filmmakers from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with diverse ethnic, religious, cultural or political backgrounds from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Join us to meet our creative and courageous artists from Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, and watch exerpts of their thought provoking documentaries. Plus a sneak preview of the 2019 Sundance Special Jury Award Winning Documentary Midnight Traveller.

Secret City Gershwin Cabaret Benefit

An evening of singing, cocktails, delicious food, mingling and more in an historic and extraordinary New York setting: Ira Gershwin’s former penthouse. The evening consists of a dazzling line-up of musical performers from Broadway, cabaret, opera and downtown scene, each performing a Gershwin song. The evening is emcee’d by our own Chris Wells.

Featured Performers

Leah Coloff (Oklahoma, This Tree) Julian Fleisher (February House, Coraline, Julian Fleisher’s Rather Big Band) Chantelle Grant (Rheingold, Die Walkurie) Daniel Jenkins (Big River, Billy Elliot) Virginia Marcs (Astoria Music Collective) Mardie Millit (Into the Woods, Hey, Look, It’s Michael and Mardie) John Andrew Morrison (The Strange Loop, The Experimentals) Olivia Oguma (Les Mis, Mamma Mia) Michael Winther (Mamma Mia, Songs from an Unmade Bed) HOST: Chris Wells, founding Artistic Director, The Secret City, Michael Garin, pianist

WFUV Highline Bash 2019

The fourth annual WFUV's High Line Bash, our annual fundraising gala, again transformed Chelsea's Milk Studios into an adventurous indoor music and gourmet food 'n' drink festival. A jubilant celebration, brimming with songs and supporting New York's most inventive radio station. FUV members, listeners, donors, dedicated supporters, DJs, and staffers (and an army of helpers) transformed Milk Studios into a sprawling, multi-stage festival that matched intimate sets by beloved artists with a delectable feast. The knockout lineup of musicians — Citizen Cope, Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Caroline Rose, the Binky Griptite Orchestra, and Joe McGinty's Superstar Piano Bar.